The #1 bestselling novel that inspired the major new motion picture Alex Cross starring Tyler Perry.
Alex Cross was a rising star in the Washington, DC, Police Department when an unknown shooter gunned down his wife, Maria, in front of him. The killer was never found, and the case turned cold, filed among the unsolved drive-bys in D.C.'s rough neighborhoods.
Years later, still haunted by his wife's death, Cross is making a bold move in his life. Now a free agent from the police and the FBI, he's set up practice as a psychologist once again. His life with Nana Mama, Damon, Jannie, and little Alex is finally getting in order. He even has a chance at a new love.
Then Cross's former partner, John Sampson, calls in a favor. He is tracking a serial rapist in Georgetown, one whose brutal modus operandi recalls a case Sampson and Cross worked together years earlier. When the case reveals a connection to Maria's death, Cross latches on for the most urgent and terrifying ride of his life.
From the man USA TODAY has called the "master of the genre," CROSS is the high-velocity thriller James Patterson and Alex Cross's fans have waited years to read - and the pinnacle of the bestselling detective series of the past two decades.
This novel was originally published under the title Cross. The movie tie-in editions are published under the title Alex Cross.
Forensic psychologist Alex Cross's storied career in private practice, with the FBI and as a Washington, D.C., cop has brought him into contact with all kinds of seriously disturbed killers, but his 12th outing from bestseller Patterson (after 2005's Mary, Mary) may be the ultimate in lunatic deadliness. Beginning with a flashback to the murder of Cross's wife, Maria, Patterson quickly introduces Michael Sullivan (aka the Butcher of Sligo). What follows is a frenetically paced series of brutal rapes and killings by Sullivan, once employed by the mob as a freelancer and now at war with them. Cross juggles being a single parent and being involved in the dangerous game of tracking serial killers until he finally decides to give it up for his family. Needless to say, he's drawn back into the game when it promises a chance of finding Maria's killer. Cross's competence and vulnerability make a stark contrast with Sullivan's sadistic mutilations and psychological manipulations of his victims. Fans know that Cross will survive, but at what cost? (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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1 . Worst Patterson Book EVER
Posted November 20, 2010 by K. Gregory , D/FW AreaI've been a James Patterson fan for years. I've read every book he's ever written, including his children's series, and loved most of them. This book, unfortunately, sounded like it was written by someone else entirely. It was trite, cliched, and completely predictable. Nothing that happened followed along with the long-developed character of Alex Cross, which made the book utterly maddening. Typically, I sit down with a new James Patterson book and do not put it down until I am finished reading it. Sadly, I couldn't wait to put this one down.
Take my advice....skip this book, and go on to the next in the series. You won't be missing anything at all.
2 . Very GOOD book!!!
Posted February 04, 2010 by lucyd , elizI thought this book was great!!! Couldnt put it down!! Definately had some crazy parts to it. Couldnt help it though, I really wanted to see what happened. Cant wait to read double crossed.
Little, Brown and Company
September 28, 2007
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